My sister learned to weave in about 1999 or 2000. She can do anything. Cook, weld, throw pottery, raise kids, etc. Anything she wants to do, she does well. So she took a weaving class and subsequently bought a loom, a little Schacht rigid heddle loom, two feet wide. She was really enjoying it, and she taught me how to weave. And it’s a lot of fun. And I got the same loom for Christmas in 2001. Hooray! She likes to do cool texture things, manipulating the warp so that it’s not a simple over-under, over-under thing. I, on the other hand, went directly into the color work I avoid while knitting. Specifically, tartans. Now technically, I need a harness loom to do a twill weave for proper tartans. But I can do some lovely work with the tabby weave on a rigid heddle loom. I like to use cotton yarn, since you just don’t need wool too often on the Texas Gulf Coast. So yeah, it’s tartans in cotton in a much simpler weave. But they’re still cool. (My sister has done some tartan scarves, too.)
Neither one of us has had time to weave recently. It takes a pretty good amount of time and preparation to wind the warp and set up everything on the loom. But I think she’s going to get back into it soon, and I’m going to try my best, too. Maybe there will be woven goodies in McCord Works from both of us soon.
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